5 quintessentially British pastimes
At the dawn of a new era for our great nation it’s time to celebrate the things that make us all proud to be British.
Yes, after years of fighting, wrangling, arguing and protesting we've definitely left Europe and struck out on our own. Whether you love it or dread it, Brexit has happened - and whatever your feelings it still means a big change for these United Kingdoms.
As the Prime Minister urges the country to see this not as a leap into the dark but a bold new dawn for GB, we thought there was no better time to celebrate just a few of the most quintessentially British pastimes that will never change, whatever happens.
Afternoon Tea… or just tea
It might come from India, but we’ve made it our own. A good cuppa is probably the most recognisable British drink in the world, whether it’s milk and two from a cracked mug or the full afternoon tea experience with fine china, silver service and a great big platter of delicate cakes and sandwiches. On average, the entire UK population consumes a total of 165 million cups of tea a day. So put down your continental frothy coffee, make yourself a brew and just for a short while it will seem that all is right with the world.
Probably the greatest pub game ever devised, Bingo is something that should never work - someone calls out numbers and you try to fill a unique grid - but is, anyone who has played it will know, utterly captivating. If you don’t believe me, just look at the number of bingo halls in the UK. And then add in all the associated bingo sites, bingo games available at betting sites, and the use of bingo terminology in our everyday language - two fat ladies (88), stairway to heaven (37) and clickety click (66). If you’ve never played, it’s time to set that straight - nothing could be more British. Eyes down.
Fish and Chips
Still hands-down the nation’s favourite food, nothing, but nothing beats a big portion of fish and chips, best served with a slice of lemon, salt and vinegar and a big helping of mushy peas. If you’re in denial about this, you should be aware that Brits eat around 382 million portions of fish and chips every year - an average of six servings for every man, woman and child in the country. And while modern transportation methods mean a quality fish supper can be enjoyed the length and breadth of Britain, if you want to make it that little bit special then head to the coast and tuck into your treat while staring out at the sea. Heaven.
We might not be blessed with the sort of weather enjoyed on the continent, but we Brits have never cared. Com rain or shine the glorious rolling countryside is always full of families and walking enthusiasts taking in the fresh air and enjoying our spectacular countryside in all its glory. Key essentials of rambling are good waterproof boots, good waterproof trousers and a good waterproof jacket. And a hat. Add in a dog, and you’re the most British person ever.
Historians might point to France as being the place where the seeds of tennis were first sown, but it was here in Britain - specifically, Birmingham, 1859 - that it took off and now it is something which once a year takes over the national psyche as we cheer on contenders at that most British of institutions, Wimbledon. Football might be seen as the national game, but really nothing is quite as British as the famed greens of SW19, and it’s arguable that no sporting figures have ever brought the nation together in quite the same way as plucky contender Tim Henman and actual bona-fide world champion Andy Murray.
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